Near the end of the fieldschool session, we decided to see as much of Senegal as we possibly could in a couple of days. Very fortunately, Ousmane Thiaw (brother of our project director, Ibrahima) agreed to accompany us as our guide. We started our trip by heading south to the twin towns of Joal and Fadiout. Fadiout is a visually interesting island community consisting of Muslims and Christians. A nearby island houses the communities granaries, and another island, connected by a bridge, shelters a pretty-pretty cemetery.
Our next stop was the town of Nguenene, the childhood home of the Thiaw
brothers and the family farm. Ousmane gave us the tour, introducing us to his mother and his eldest brother Pascal.
The last leg of the trip was an overnight stay in the town of Foundiougne, where Ousmane used to teach grade school. Early the next morning we went for a pirogue ride into the mangroves with a fisherman and his sons.